There is a lot of chatter around at the moment about this new iPad application, so let’s see what all the fuss is about.
At a simplistic level what Flipboard does is create, in a magazine style format a mashup of various social media feeds. Upon installing the app you are given the prompt to add your Facebook and Twitter accounts *.
While you wait for your invitation you can opt to add some of the ‘curated’ content that Flipboard has put together. Categories like Tech, Photos, Home and Style give you a good place to start.
It certainly is a fun and interesting way to view this information that gets away from the usual stream of the Facebook and Twitter interfaces. I’ve used other web based services that attempt to do a similar thing, none of which are anywhere near as good as the Flipboard interface.
The app does a great job of following all of this shortened urls that people use on both Twitter and Facebook and displays excerpts of the content if it’s text or photos if that is what the content is based around. It also handles videos, for example that users post to facebook although I’ve found the actual playback a bit patchy.
What I like about it most is that it give you a relaxed way to sit on the lounge and browse some interesting content that people that you connect with on Twitter and Facebook have suggested, without having to sift through the usual stream of content.
It’s available free from the iTunes app store, so if you use facebook and/or twitter probably one to check out.
* There is actually a queue now for addition of your Facebook and Twitter accounts. Due to the popularity of the system, you can’t signup your social media accounts immediately, instead you get placed in a queue. It only took about 24 hours for me to receive an email saying that my turn had come.